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Eyelash palm pitviper

By MSA 2005 Map showing tropical forests habitats in Mexico, Central and South America


Taxonomy:

Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Viperidae
Genus and species: Bothriechis schlegelii

The eyelash palm pitviper gets its name from spiny scales that project above its eyes. These 'eyelashes' help to break up the outline of the snake's head and therefore help to camouflage it in trees.

Eyelash palms can be a variety of colors including yellow, green, and pink. They are one of the smallest poisonous snakes in Central America, reaching only up to 2.5 feet.

The eyelash viper is generally nocturnal and spends its time in the leaves and branches of trees and other vegetation. To help protect them from the branches and vines that may poke them, eyelash vipers have rough, keeled scales.

In the wild, eyelash palm pitvipers feed on small mammals, frogs, birds, and lizards.

Female eyelash vipers are ovoviviparous, which means that the young developed in eggs inside the mother. Juveniles are either born live or hatch immediately after the eggs are laid. Generally, mothers have six to 12 young at a time.



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